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Are you looking for a Home Inspector near you and have a few questions regarding the home inspection process? Let us help you get started by answering a few of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our clients.
Q: WHEN SHOULD I CALL IN THE HOME INSPECTOR?
Your contract will have a time period during which an inspection needs to be conducted. Typically, it is done after all the agreements are signed and ratified, and then within a few days. There is usually a contractual clause making your purchase contingent upon a home inspection. This clause specifies the terms that obligate both buyers and sellers. But not all contracts have such a clause. Some inspections are done for “information only.”
Q: WHAT DO HOME INSPECTIONS INCLUDE?
Our home inspection report covers the following information. Home – structure, exterior, roof, electrical system, plumbing, HVAC, interior, kitchen, bath, utilities, ventilation, insulation, and appliances. Additional information is sometimes included and covers more cosmetic issues such as walls, floors, carpets, windows, and general maintenance.
Q: WHY SHOULD I GET A HOME INSPECTION?
For most people, a home is the most expensive purchase they will ever make. Having a Home Inspector thoroughly check out the home before you buy, allows you the opportunity to find out if the home may have any existing issues or if there might be a potential for major issues in the near future. As a potential home buyer, you should equip yourself with as much information as possible before making such a large financial purchase. You could be saving yourself thousands of dollars and future headaches by passing on a home that could become a money pit. An inspection helps minimize surprises and aids a home buyer to enter the purchase with eyes wide open. An inspection also points out good things and gives maintenance tips or preventative guidance that helps you to look forward. Sellers also might want an inspection to get the house ready for sale and avoid problems later. As a rule of thumb, a well-maintained house is the best sales feature!
Q: HOW MUCH DOES A HOME INSPECTION COST?
This might vary from inspector to inspector. Some charge on the price of the house, others based on square footage or the number of kitchens or bedrooms. Additional services, like radon, thermal imaging, or septic inspections will also add to the cost. Ask the home inspector! Cost is probably not the best question to ask of your inspector. Cheaper is usually not better. Be sure to check out his experience. You probably wouldn’t search for the cheapest architect or lawyer or surgeon, but the one who has the experience you are looking for. Qualifications, experience, professional affiliations, and abilities are the most important criteria to ask questions about.
Q: DO I NEED TO BE THERE DURING THE HOME INSPECTION?
Not necessarily, but I strongly recommend it. The inspection should be educational as well as informative. You might want to know where certain shut-off valves are located, how systems work, which switches control appliances, and so forth. The report will be easier to understand if you have been there and seen the house with the inspector.
Q: WHAT IF THE HOME HAS MAJOR PROBLEMS?
All homes have some problems, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy the house. Knowing what the issues are before you buy will allow you to make a more informed decision. Problems are relevant – you might want to cancel the purchase if a problem is serious enough or very expensive to repair. You may also be able to negotiate with the existing homeowner on price or request that some issues be addressed and fixed before you complete the purchase.
Q: WHAT IF THE THE HOME FAILS THE INSPECTION?
A home inspection is a look at the house on the day of the inspection. It is not a code-compliance evaluation, city or county inspection, or appraisal of market value. There is a huge market for buyer who is looking for a house that has not been properly maintained. Those buyers want to fix it up and sell it at a profit. Their objectives are different from the average buyer’s. Either way, the home inspection is a description of the house on that day.